Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund, Champions League
Leverkusen’s Joshua Kimmich hit a first-half winner and the club’s fans chanted for CEO Roger Schmidt and coach Heiko Herrlich to be sacked in this week’s edition of The Week in Sporting presented by The Smile Generation.
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Borussia Dortmund – Champions League football
The German club’s group stage triumph last year looks to be the last time the fans will have to see this squad in action together and it’s understandable their raucous display against Dortmund shows how much they want to see a return. This derby makes it arguably the most hotly anticipated game of the weekend and there are already rumours a goal of the week is on the cards.
Hannover 96 v SC Freiburg, Bundesliga
While Michael Wolff’s side are set to make the top three after coming second in their group, the league leaders have home advantage and need to win to secure the win they need to secure a second Bundesliga crown this century. Freiburg’s Serdar Tasci is back after a six-week absence and will make his much-anticipated league debut.
Levante v Real Madrid, Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo has two more goals to reach 100 as he heads into an atmosphere that the club’s record scorer doesn’t mind. The Portuguese forward has been superb in this year’s competition. He heads into the contest having scored 11 times from 10 games, nine coming in this season’s Champions League.
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Bordeaux v Marseille, Ligue 1
There is never a dull moment in the festive fixture with just enough danger for the players and fans to get into the festive spirit. With this season’s top scorers facing each other in a potential relegation battle, there’s not a bit of nonsense.
Bordeaux 4-1 Marseille – Ligue 1
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The Ligue 1 leaders’ coach, Roberto Mancini, vented his fury following their defeat to Monaco and said the referee “is ashamed of this club” and “should not be allowed to coach in any league in Europe”.
Lyon v Arsenal, Champions League
Arsène Wenger reckons the biggest threat in Arsenal’s Champions League tie at Lyon will come from the stands and the Frenchman’s ire over the issues around refereeing, in particular one night of poor officiating in the previous round at Manchester City, has come back to haunt him.